RIGA - Following independence in 1991, the funding for treatment and prevention of infectious diseases suddenly disappeared. At the same time, poor nutrition, lax regulation and costly visits to the doctor - at one time, these were free - added to the spread of these diseases. Health workers were helpless to reverse the trend. Last year, one doctor went so far as to publish in the local newspapers a list of tuberculosis patients who were refusing treatment.A new initiative adopted Jan. 5 makes such extreme measures unnecessary. The initiative lists 12 infectious diseases, including tubercul...
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